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Producers Ready East Is East Follow-up


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Producers behind hit independent British movie East is East are preparing to release a sequel, more than 10 years after the Asian culture comedy hit cinemas.

The low-budget film, starring Bollywood actor Om Puri as the head of a Pakistani family living in Manchester, north-east England, became a cult hit back in 1999, grossing over $15 million (£9.38 million).

Eleven years on, producer Leslee Udwin has revealed a follow-up, titled West is West, is already complete - and another installment could be in the works.

But Udwin insists filmmakers are not doing it for the cash.

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Indian Filmmaker Tackles London Bombings


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Indian director JAGMOHAN MUNDHRA is making a movie based on the 2005 London terrorist bombings.
Mundhra has cast East is East star Om Puri and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen actor Naseeruddin Shah in the movie SHOOT ON SITE, which he insists is mostly fictional, despite the film's inspiration.
The director is turning his attention to the 22 July 2005 shooting of Brazilian electrician JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES, who was killed by police as he boarded a London Underground train at Stockwell, south London. Police mistook De Menezes for a suspected terrorist, but it quickly emerged he was an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity.
In Mundhra's film, he will swap De Menezes' character for a Muslim boy and show the UK authorities' reaction to their mistake.

Cattrall's Sex And The Tea Bag


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SEX AND THE CITY star Kim Cattrall has become the unlikely new face of TETLEY tea bags - but she's refusing to ditch her sexy image.

In the British commercial, Cattrall continues the raunchy persona she developed as SAMANTHA in the hit TV series, when she visits her Aunt - played by East is East actress LESLEY NICOL - and asks for camomile tea to help her sleep.

Nicol replies, "Mind you, you don't waste much time sleeping do you love?" Cattrall then responds by fondling a large tube of tea adding, "I must say this Earl Grey is very impressive."

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Om Puri Honoured By Queen


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Indian film star Om Puri has been awarded an honorary Order Of The British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to the British film industry.

The Ambala-born actor has appeared in JEWEL IN THE CROWN, GANDHI, CITY OF JOY, East is East and recently the BBC adaptation of THE CANTERBURY TALES during his acting career, which spans four decades.

Puri enthuses, "I am very happy and grateful. I have been working in British films for the past 10 years.

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Million Pound Boost To British Film Industry


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Britain's burgeoning film industry has received an unexpected boost with a $1.5 million (GBP1 million) fund designed to help low-budget films make it to the cinema.

After the international sleeper success of hits like LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, East is East, Bend It Like Beckham and The Full Monty, the country's FILM COUNCIL is hoping the fund will make British movies more widely available.

Many independent films suffer at the box office because the costs of individual prints - up to $1,500 (GBP1,000) a time - make them too expensive to distribute widely. Most UK films are released with just 70 copies, while blockbusters like the Harry Potter films may number up to 1,000 prints.

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